Our first trek was a steep one into Hunter Canyon. Muriel was hoping to find her first ever Rufous-capped Warbler. Now you all know that I've been casually looking for this bird on several treks this year to mostly study the kind of habitat this warbler prefers.
I was confident we'd find the bird but I wasn't going to say it outloud. That would jinx the find and leave Muriel sans a life bird. Patience and knowing where to look was key......
|Curious Red-tailed Hawk babies....CUTE!|
Then we waited to see if the bird would make a closer appearance. So we sat down on a log. What a beautiful place to camp! Soon another birder, Ms. Janine McCabe, strolled quietly along the dirt road. She does that. Secretive and almost appearing out of nowhere. Is she human? Yes. Does she possess magical bird powers? Yes. She's one of the fun Arizona birders.
We were on a roll. So we decided to explore, the Cienagas grasslands nearby. A storm began to blow into the area.
|Eastern Meadowlark(Lillian's Subspecies)|
So were the Black-tailed Prairie Dogs!
To finish off our day, I knew of a spot where there was a Western Screech-Owl hanging out. We went to the spot and there he was. And I do believe it is a "HE". There is a nesting box nearby and this is the time of year when their young have hatched. Dad doesn't fit in the box SO he gets the boot. Anyhow, it was the cherry on top of our banana split. Or in plain English, a great way to end our big Global Day.
While we were having fun, we were also helping add data to the global network of bird species! For lots of pretty pics and info, here are our reports. Hunter Canyon. Gardner Canyon. Ciénagas Grasslands. And the San Pedro Riparian Area. I love birding with Muriel. She is one of the kindest people you'll ever meet. Thank you Muriel for the invite! We'll be owling on our next trek with a new face AND a familiar one. Stay tuned for more!